NEW PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT: Epson Home Cinema 6050UB 4K PRO-UHD Projector
Epson has announced the Pro Cinema 6050UB 4K PRO-UHD 3LCD projector, the commercial-line sister to its recently introduced Home Cinema 5050UB 4K PRO-UHD, completing the refresh of its popular Home Cinema 6040UB and Home Cinema 5040UB models introduced three years ago.
The 6050UB is available for sale within the custom integrator channel and is identical in most respects to the 5050UB except for a black instead of white casing and other subtle differences. First, unlike the 5050UB and 5050UBe (which includes wireless HDMI capabilities), the 6050UB is packaged with a ceiling mount, cable cover, and an extra replacement lamp. It also adds lockable ISF calibration modes, as well as an extra display setting suitable for use with an anamorphic lens. The 6050UB enjoys a slightly higher rated contrast ratio as well—1.2 million:1 vs 1 million:1 for the consumer models—the result of Epson cherry-picking the highest performing units off the production line and steering them for commercial designation. Finally, a generous 3-year limited warranty adds an extra year compared with the consumer models. The 6050UB is prices at $3,999, while the 5050UB and 5050UBe are priced at $2,999 and $3,299, respectively.
As noted in our coverage of the 5050UB, the 6050 eschews native 4K imagers in favor of the latest and most advanced version of Epson's 1080p pixel-shifting technology—at virtually no sacrifice in perceived resolution— and puts the savings into advanced design features not typically found at this price point. Among these are relatively high brightness, good black-level and contrast performance via Epson's UltraBlack technology (which uses a polarizing filter to reduce stray light in the light path), high-end optics, recallable lens and settings memories, and an effective dynamic iris for further deepening blacks.
Updates from its predecessor Pro Cinema 6040UB include recent advances debuted with the Epson Home Cinema 4010, such as an improved pixel-shifting scheme said to deliver improved clarity, and Epson's latest Digital Cinema color mode that achieves the full DCI-P3 color gamut for today's HDR (high dynamic range) UHD content. Epson has also upped its game on its HDR tone-mapping and added support for HLG along with HDR10 content. The 6050UB and 5050UB further include a new 16-step HDR control with access via a dedicated remote button, which allows viewers to easily make on-the-fly tone-map adjustments to accommodate mastering differences among HDR titles.
The Pro Cinema 6050UB and other late generation models enjoy a new three-chip processor architecture to parallel-process more advanced algorithms used for the pixel-shifting, HDR tone-mapping, and general image processing to provide what is said to be a higher level of image quality in all three areas. Another much-welcomed addition is a pair of 18 Gbps HDMI 2.0 ports, something sorely missed by gamers in the Pro Cinema 6040UB and HC 5040UB because of the frame-rate limitations with HDR content associated with those projector's HDMI 1.4 connectors. Installers will be pleased to learn of improved lens-shift precision that allows the image to be aligned more easily with "zero-edge" screen designs.
Feature highlights include the following:
- 2,600 lumen brightness rating, up from 2,500 lumens in the Pro Cinema 6040. Rated dynamic contrast ratio is rated at 1,200,000:1.
- 3LCD design that delivers equal white and color brightness, and is immune to rainbow artifacts that can occur with projectors that utilize a single imaging chip and color wheel.
- Epson's UltraBlack technology, which use a proprietary filter designed to suppress light leakage and improve black level.
- Epson's late-generation 4K PRO-UHD pixel-shifting technology to create a 4K-like image using 1080p imaging chips. First introduced in the HC4010 step-down model and sister model Pro Cinema 4050, this latest iteration benefits from more rapid pixel shifting to deliver sharper edges to the pixels.
- HDR support for both HDR10 and HLG high dynamic range content, and a new 16-step slider control to fine-tune the gamma curve for specific content and adjust the balance between brighter highlights and the retention of highlight and shadow detail.
- Epson has retained the Digital Cinema color mode designed to reproduce the full DCI-P3 color gamut used to master today's UHD-HDR content.
- Full HD 1080p 3D support.
- As noted, HDMI 2.0 support now allows gamers to play 4K/60p games with HDR. The Pro Cinema 6050UB fully supports 4K HDR at 60 Hz with up to 4:4:4 (uncompressed) chroma subsampling at 8 bits, or 4:2:2 with 10- or 12-bit processing.
- Epson has carried over the high quality 16-element/15-glass element powered lens used in the Pro Cinema 6040, with the same wide-range setup capabilities: 2.1x zoom; +/- 96% vertical, +/- 47% horizontal lens shift. Improvements have been made in the Pro Cinema 6050 to the fine adjustment of the lens shift to better accommodate narrow bezel "zero-edge" screens. The ability to store multiple (up to 10) lens memories for constant-image-height (CIH) setups on 2.35:1 screens remains.
- The 6050UB is supported by a limited 3-year warranty, 90-day limited lamp warranty, Epson's PrivateLine priority customer support, and free two-business-day replacement should that ever be required with Epson Extra Care Home Service.
The Epson Pro Cinema 6050UB 4K PRO-UHD is available now through CEDIA and other specialty dealers.